Insiders generally believe that while job seekers can beautify their jobs and jobs, they will openly lie about their education.
Yes, that person who is interviewing your hiring manager and other relevant executives, the one who looks presentable and behaves brilliantly and eloquently, could very well make up for her education. In most cases, your candidate’s application for a higher education is not necessarily a total fabrication. In fact, you may have enrolled in the university indicated in the curriculum. He just didn’t graduate from that school. Or any other school, for that matter.
But then there are those, a substantial number of job seekers who have become involved in what we call a phantom presence. In other words, not only did they not graduate from school, they never enrolled. No one knows why they chose that particular school as their imaginary graduation location. But quite a few applicants lie about graduating from schools they may never have seen, except for photos on the internet. The human resources person should always consider the presence of ghosts as a very real possibility.
As for the schools applicants can claim to have graduated from, the selection is varied and at times darkly fun. Some may choose smaller, secluded schools as their imaginary alma mater. They can choose something artistic and prestigious, one of those schools that you may have heard of, but don’t know much about. Or your candidate may take the obscurity in another direction by including a terrifyingly remote institution of higher education in their curriculum. below the level few have heard of.
There is some logic to making such claims. By listing, for example, a dark Midwest school or an esoteric New England college as a graduation location, your candidate may believe this helps demonstrate her credibility. Could even the smartest HR person determine that no one would lie about graduating from Reed College, Oregon, Amherst, Massachusetts, or Lake Forest, Illinois? Or for that matter, as a defense against low self esteem, who would dare to brag about graduating from one of the Northwestern Slippery Eel Teacher College legions in the furthest corner of the middle of nowhere? So, the thought goes, you can accept your application at face value and never bother to verify it.
Other candidates will take the alternative route. Most, in fact, will choose the largest schools, believing that their names and presumed graduation dates could be lost in the bureaucratic confusion. Of course, if they have been attending for a while, they hope their registered enrollment could be misinterpreted as proof of graduation. What they lack in education they boldly make up for. Well more or less.
Finally, there are degrees without degrees. These are bogus degrees awarded for “life experience” and are not representative of attendance or graduation from a legitimate or accredited university. They are totally false. But they are popular. The most enterprising duplicates can buy these titles online for between fifty and several hundred dollars. Graduate degrees are slightly more expensive than bachelor’s degrees, but they are available from many bogus universities. Some of them even look impressive; While you’re not looking, try to find the physical address of the school on the Internet.
Before you get too angry or suspicious, keep in mind that those who lie about their titles make up a minority of job seekers. Most of the time, your candidate is really who they say they are and has attended and graduated from the college listed on their resume. But keep in mind that the operational phase here is “most of the time”. With that in mind, think about the ways you could cause embarrassment and even litigation if you accidentally hire someone who just earned a fancy degree.